Feeling Festive 

It's time again for the 46th Annual Big Fat Greek Festival. You can munch for two days on Greek sausage, flaming feta cheese, stuffed grape leaves, baklava, and stuffed honey cookies. Top it off with double-strength Greek coffee.

If two days isn't enough, you can take home a copy of It's Greek to Me, the festival's cookbook, which will be sold for $15 at the pastry shop.

The festival is being held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 573 N. Highland, on Friday and Saturday, May 12th and 13th, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 327-8177 or visitwww.memphisgreekfestival.com.

Also nipping at our heels: Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, aka the "Super Bowl of Swine," happening May 18th through May 20th. For $7 per person you can watch teams like the Church of Swinetology and the Best Little Boar House in Memphis compete.

The cooking contest will be in Tom Lee Park, Thursday and Friday, May 18th and 19th, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, May 20th, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more info, call 525-4686 or visit www.memphisinmay.org.

Still haven't gotten Mom a gift for this Sunday's Mother's Day? Consider giving her Compliments of the Women's Exchange of Memphis, which offers something for every taste, be it savory beginnings such as fried green tomatoes with red-pepper rémoulade or eggnog French toast with cranberry maple syrup for brunch. In one section, local and regional chefs share their favorite recipes. Among them are Alex and Judd Grisanti, Jeff Dunham, Erling Jensen, Mac Edwards, John Fleer, and Rick Farmer.

Compliments of the Women's Exchange of Memphis is available at local bookstores for $29.95

Another idea for Mom is Heart & Soul: Stirring Recipes from Memphis by the Junior League of Memphis. The recently published fourth edition features a new design but the same favorite recipes. Heart & Soul sells at local bookstores for $24.95.

The Memphis Botanic Garden is offering a Mother's Day Jazz Brunch on May 14th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live jazz, flowers for Mom, a children's craft station, and a gourmet buffet. Advanced tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Tickets for children ages 2 to 12 are $8. For more info and reservations, call

685-1566 ext. 124.

Memphis Botanic Garden,

750 Cherry Rd. (685-1566)

Jim's Place East will have a special "Art and Appetite" menu for its Mother's Day lunch. On the menu, you'll find a mix of Mediterranean and American dishes as well as Southern favorites. Paintings by local artist Dixie Austin will be on display.

Jim's Place East, 5560 Shelby Oaks (388-7200)

Joseph Carey, founder of the Memphis Culinary Academy, is on fire. His latest book, Chef on Fire: The Five Techniques for Using Heat Like a Pro, is not a recipe book. It's a guide to the five techniques that will make you more savvy in the art of cooking. Carey's point: There are only five things you can do to food with heat. Destroying it isn't one of them.

Carey will be signing Chef on Fire at Burke's Book Store from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 15th.

Burke's Book Store, 1719 Poplar

(278-7484)

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